Photos: Garfield Ridge Shelter Closed for New Construction

Garfield Ridge Shelter closed earlier this week on Wednesday, September 14. The shelter is being removed and a new one will be assembled on-site in the coming weeks. The new shelter is currently scheduled to open on October 1. The campsite will remain open for tenting on the platforms during construction.

From Sally Manikian, AMC's Backcountry Resource Conservation Manager, in a post on AMC's Trails Blog: "The new shelter is being pre-built off-site by John Nininger's Wooden House Company. John has been contracted in recent years to build Kinsman Pond Shelter (2007) and Eliza Brook Shelter (2010). His experience with logs started with AMC on trail crew in the 1970s, and building Carlo Col Shelter and Imp Shelter. Internationally recognized for his talent with full-scribe log joinery, John squeezed this project in with a 6 week trip to Poland with the Timber Framer's Guild.

Design considerations for the new shelter included the capacity, footprint, and character of the campsite itself. Planning for the project took place over the past year between AMC, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the Regional Partnership Committee, and the US Forest Service. It is a unique design, unlike any other shelter in AMC's fleet. And, of course, displaying the artisanal touch and quality craftsmanship that John brings to every project."

Check out photos of the new shelter, pre-assembly:

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